Ex-Raptors Forward, Suspended For Life, Now Facing Lengthy Prison Time

Former Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter, 24, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in the gambling scandal that got him banned for life from the NBA, and now faces a potential prison sentence in the range of four years.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18, with Porter likely facing 41 to 51 months in prison.

He admitted to throwing games in order to help get out from under his own gambling debts.

“I know what I did was wrong and unlawful, and I’m deeply sorry,” Porter told the Judge in the case. 

Porter surrendered to the feds Wednesday morning in connection to criminal charges that tied him to an alleged betting ring that profited off Porter’s throwing of games to help the gamblers win prop bets. The 6'9" forward was allegedly encouraged to fail to hit certain performance totals in games, which he did by pulling himself out of games early, claiming injury.

The four gamblers in the accused group made more than $1 million on the rigged Porter bets, and they all face charges in the betting scheme as well.

Porter's brother, Michael Porter Jr., plays for the Denver Nuggets. 

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